Channing Tatum Eyed for Steven Soderbergh’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

     November 14, 2011


Director Steven Soderbergh is having trouble finding his man for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. First star George Clooney bowed out over concerns that the stunts might aggravate his spinal injury. Then both Matt Damon and Johnny Depp passed. It looked as if he’d finally zeroed in on his lead as he offered the part to Bradley Cooper, but a deal never finalized there. Now Deadline reports that Soderbergh is eyeing Channing Tatum for the lead. It’s not incredibly out of left field, as Tatum recently starred in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, based on Tatum’s days as a male stripper. An offer hasn’t been made yet, but if one does materialize I’d be surprised if Tatum passed.

Tatum isn’t a bad choice, as he’s proved himself to be an adequate actor in his own right. Judging by the 21 Jump Street trailer, he’s got some comedy chops as well. He’s currently in talks to play Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz in Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher, and he’ll next be seen in Soderbergh’s Haywire which opens in January. Soderbergh plans to shoot The Man from U.N.C.L.E. next year before moving on to his Liberace biopic The Man Behind the Candelabra.

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  • james

    Tatum is not a good actor by any means. Unless he really stepped his game for Magic Mike, I have no idea why Soderbergh would want him in another movie. I have no idea why Soderbergh cast him in Magic Mike in the first place.

  • Ash Talon

    Since Magic Mike is based on Tatum’s stripper days, I’m sure he insisted on playing himself.

    It will be interesting to see if Tatum can playing a character that is essentially himself, since he’s terrible at playing other characters.

    I think Magic Mike opens the same weekend as GI Joe 2, which I’m sure Hasbro is happy about. Not that Magic Mike will have any affect on GI Joe 2′s performance. Although, some news outlets might feel inclined to point out the star of GI Joe 2 is portraying a stripper on the same weekend.

  • Carl

    Jon Hamm

  • I cry u smile

    Soderbergh is an overrated director, his casting is either gold or pure shitt

  • bobafett

    Were Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Lautner or Cam Gigandet not available?

    For my money the >>>Man<<< from Uncle should be just that. Someone in their mid 30s who plays 20 somethings. Not these 20 somethings that play boys.

    Oh, Shit. I just put Ryan Gosling and or Josh Hartnett in there. DON'T. DO. IT.

    Charlie Hunnam would be my FIRST choice but of course he doesn't get the teens wet…the 20-40 year old ladies though…

  • Sugreev2001

    Tatum is a horrible actor,way too wooden to deserve good roles..since he ruins them anyway.

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